Flexible and wearable organic and hybrid electronics and photonics
Stefano Toffanin, Santiago D. Quiroga, Marco Natali, Giovanni. P. Donati, Emilia Benvenuti, Edoardo Bonaretti, Vincenzo Ragona, Federico Prescimone, Francesco Mercuri, Andrea Lorenzoni, Chiara Dionigi, Massimiliano Cavallini, Denis Gentili, Mauro Murgia, Cristiano Albonetti, Alessandro Pecchia Ricercatore, Francesco Mingoia.
Integrating photonic functions with electronics may prompt progressing in several application fields (for example datacoms and telecoms, imaging and displays, and sensors).
In particular, the coupling of optoelectronic organic components with nanostructured hybrid systems open up new possibilities in nanophotonics as in the case of strong light confinement, filtering and extracting. Indeed, the inherent softness and flexibility of organic/hybrid materials and systems allow to expand the range of electronic application towards the development of flexible, conformable and wearable multifunctional optoelectronic and photonic devices.
The research activity of ISMN in this broad and emerging field is mainly focused to realize meaningful flexible and wearable electronics and photonics by the design, modeling, fabrication and implementation of:
(i) advanced multifunctional optoelectronic components based on organic and hybrid systems
(ii) 2D and 3D hybrid structures for controlling photonic processes and light handling in optoelectronic devices.
A specific activity is devoted to the development of high-performance bendable, large-area and low-cost OLEDs for general and mood lighting by merging conventional and proven technologies with disruptive approaches (e.g. substrate, architecture, hybrid processing, layouts).
Furthermore, other innovative class of multifunctional device platform such as Organic-Light Emitting Transistor (OLET) is intensively engineered and optimized in order to realize intense nanoscale light sources and highly integrated optoelectronic systems.
Indeed, the potentially higher external quantum efficiency and current density inherent in OLETs together with the possibility of monolithically integrating photonic components into field-effect planar architecture enables the realization of high add-value systems relevant for industrial applications such as display technology, health-monitoring and Lab-on-a-Chip devices for biodiagnostics and food-security.